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The Marmara Antalya
Ranked #38 of 234 Hotels in Antalya
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 17, 2009

I was generally unimpressed with Antalya and even more so with the Marmara Antalya. This was one of the most expensive places I stayed on my trip through Turkey and definitely the worst value for the money. For the same amount I stayed in an all-inclusive 8 room boutique near Oludeniz and had an awesome experience. The hotel is cold and uninviting, the staff is always busy and not helpful at all when I asked for directions or assistance, the pool was like bathwater, and the beach is just a cliff. The breakfast buffet was included and was decent, but that is about the only thing this place has going for it. The pool waitstaff is lazy and I actually had to go get myself a drink even though there seemed to be several waitstaff wandering aimlessly at all times.

I never got this from any of the reviews I read so I'll state it in this one - Antalya is a big beach town which reminded me of South Beach but without any good clubs, culture, or an actual easy to access beach. Antalya is a city of almost 1 million and don't even try to drive your rental car here - it is insane. There are much better parts of Turkey to go visit - skip Antalya and especially this hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 10, 2009

Website looked great, decided to take a chance on it. Regretted it for 3 straight days.

Having stayed at a Club Mediterranean when in my 30's (Cancun), this place reminds me very much of the Club Med,but without the free drinks and agreeable crowd. Rooms are all concrete and tile, extremely spartan decor, with vinyl covered daybed with no back serving as the couch, and a lawn chair serving as the only chair. We upgraded to the rotating tower after seeing our room in the high rise, but not much better. In fact, one loses the private toilet room if you upgrade. Broken and wrong length vertical blinds, tangled cords, wooden crates used for TV stand, very cheap stuff. Windows have some sort of screen built into the glass, so view is impaired. Shower floor sloped the wrong direction, away from the drain, so always had 1/2" of water in it. No dresser or clothes storage, and closet area merely has a sheet hanging in front of the hanger rod.

Staff at the check-in desk do not understand english (no surprise, we are in Turkey after all), but communicating was extremely difficult. I asked for manager, but he was "in a meeting". I don't blame him. I am sure he has heard the complaints before. Directions to Old Town were unintelligible.

Now to the restaurant. The food at this hotel is far from acceptable. It is not turkish, nor is it tasty. And the same thing every night. Charge for dinner is 30 TKL, not so bad if interesting choices, but not worth it for what is offered. The dining room is furnished in plastic (chairs and tables), with hardscape floors and ceiling, so an accompanying high noise level. Wait staff are very quick to remove anything on the table so one must guard things while someone in your party goes for another course. Smoking at virtually every outdoor table, and conversation impossible at inside tables. Drinks are pricey, small and very slow to arrive. Keep your eye on your glass or it will disappear too. At least at Club Med the drinks were free. Even water costs extra here.

I have to admit the swimming pool, and the swimming off the rocks below the cliff, are lovely. This is probably this hotel's only redeeming feature. No beach for kids however.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2009

There were many many pluses to this lovely hotel, which is delightfully colorful and yet in great taste and very, very inviting. If you're looking for a relaxing, restful stay in a hotel with attentive staff, a fabulous pool & beachfront, this is your place.

Rooms: Large, spacious, very clean, unusal & refreshingly bright interior decoration
Food: Very clean, great abundance. Never dissappointed.
Staff: The restaurant staff were all dressed in white and always enough on duty to clear a table, take drink orders. Very pleasant and efficient. Also the beach front snack bar - the staff made frequent rounds amongst the sunbathers to take orders.
Reception: Found the staff spoke English and were always willing to help however they could.
Lobby: When entering the lobby, every time, I felt myself say "WOW"! The extremely high ceilings, feeling of spaciousness and once again, the interior decorator to be congratulated on the choice of furnishings and colors that created this very pleasant and inviting space. It also included an internet area with some 6 computers and printers, free of charge, for the guests.

The only thing missing for me was in the rooms - no reading lamps next to the bed and no drawers to store clothes. At entrance to room is hanging space & shelves for your clothes.

Location: if you want to visit the Bazaar in the city, it is a 5 Euro taxi ride.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2009

we stayed 3 nights in this gret hotel ', we enjoyed evrey moment, best location, nice area,the standart room is the bigest i have seen before. very clean. food is very good and tastey.
shure i be back.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2009

Lovely Hotel, fantastic location with a great pool, clever beach and well tended gardens. I stayed for a week in late May and had a very relaxing time overall. However I have 2 big complaints:

1: Service. The service around the pool and bar area is pretty bad. In the week I was the I only saw a waiter doing the "rounds" (taking orders from people lounging poolside) once. The pool bar was open from 12-3 but there was rarely anyone there to serve and on several occasions I actively had to go inside the Hotel and look for a waiter - never experienced this before in a beachside Hotel and it was a real let down. Service inside Tuti (the "Living Area") wasn't any better. You could sit for ages in the bar area before anyone came to take your order. Most of the time I just went up to the bar to place an order - again I shouldn't have to do this, there were staff milling around but they were determined not to make eye contact. Service, when finally found, was friendly enough though.

2: Prices

There's a sign by the Hotel entrance requesting that you don't bring food and drink onto the premises and the door is manned by staff, who on the occasion I walked in with water and 2 beers gave me a very nasty look. Given that they charge 9YTL for a 330ml beer I think it's a bit steep that they attempt to stop guests from bringing their own in. I wouldn't mind so much but all the prices on the bar and room service menus are VAT Eclusive - the menu's do not make this clear so I ended up with an "extras" bill that was far larger than expected.

Otherwise the Hotel is lovely and I'd recommend it happily, if they'd sort the service out it would be near perfect.

Also there is free WiFi that covers all the rooms and the area around the pool! Brilliant for an email junkie like myself and saved me a fortune in iPhone roaming charges.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2008

Being a frequent traveller, I've had the chance to stay in various hotels at different parts of the world including The Hillside and Kempinski Antalya, I strongly recommend anyone planning a trip to Antalya that The Marmara is just sweet..
It was my second visit to the hotel ( between Oct 31 and Nov 2 2008) and it was as cool as it had been 2 years ago... With its great staff, rooms and food, I strongly believe The Marmara Antalya, very much like The Marmara Bodrum, is literally out of this world.. The location is amazing right over the cliff facing the Mediterranean. If you are not the type to enjoy swimming in pools, (the hotel has a great pool, though), you can just take a lift to the beach which is truly beautiful.. In a nut shell, If you want to enjoy your holiday, The Marmara Antalya is just the right place..

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 6, 2008

I stayed at The Marmara for 3 weeks during a residential training course that was held there with 3 meals a day being provided. As a consequence I got to know & experience the hotel fairly well.
The hotel, especially the decor and the concept nature of the hotel is somewhat quirky. Whilst the rooms were large & spaceous, very clean & well serviced the baroke unpainted and unfinished concrete ceilings and some wall panels take some getting used to if ever.

The furnishings whilst part of the concept were somewhat sparse but the full length wooden bench along one wall made a good work space. There are no proper wardrobes or drawers in any of the rooms, instead there are hangers and two shelves fitted in a large recess and covered in part by canvas flaps. The room lights were all 'up lights' and therefore if was almost impossible to read anything once it got dark. Whilst I was there the small & old fashioned CRT TVs were replaced throughout the hotel with larger flat screens. The bed was extremely comfortable & the A/C worked well provided the windows were closed as they operated a cut-out switch on the A/C.

The bathroom was large, well equipped with twin wash basins, bath & shower (good pressure), the toilet being located in a separate room accessed via the bathroom.

The free wi-fi was very welcome although sometimes a little slow.

Food:- The food for all three meals (breakfast/lunch & dinner) was provided self-service buffet style. Meals always had good selection of fresh fruits, salads etc and a selection of about 8 hot dishes (Lunches & dinners always included a fish and chicken dish with some delicious lamb frequently on the menu.) After eating there 3 time a day for 3 weeks it did become a little monotonous but overall the food was OK and sometimes good for buffet style. Dishes were more cosmo-mediterrean cuisine than Turkish which caused some complaints from Turkish colleagues. Breakfast & lunch served in the multi-purpose TuTi room which when busy was echoey and at times it was like dining in the hall of Grand Central Station. The Tuti room also housed about eight internet PCs, swings, Large Screen TV, Grafitti wall, swings and a few other distractions.

During inclement weather dinner was also served in the Tuti Room but otherwise dinner was taken outside in a more candlelit romantic and pleasing setting by the swimming pool & beautifully maintained gardens. Most nights live music was provided but during Ramazan this included a somewhat sad sounding wooden flute playing traditional but unmelodic (to my ear) tunes. Other nights the musical acts were good.

The swimming pool is large 50m long all of the same depth about 1m20 and surrounded by an ample supply of loungers and umbrellas. The pool & gardens are accessed via the Tuti room on the 6th floor .

The hotel also has a good gym and excellant quasi-authentic Hamam (Turkish baths( with adjacent sauna and steam room.

Any drinks or additional items purchased in the hotel are extremely expensive and they actively discourage water or other drinks & refeshments etc being brought into the hotel if purchased from outside. I can understand they may not want pizza and othe fast foods being delivered or brought into the hotel but I found banning drinks, water etc being brought into the hotel totally unacceptable. If you want to do it take a haversack or shoulder bag to put the drinks in when purchased outside (They are up to 6 times cheaper) don't bring them into the hotel in plastic carrier bags otherwise you will be stopped.

The beach ( though pleasant is a somehat misleading discription) It is really a series of boarded platforms at the bottom of a cliff reached via a lift(elevator) at the bottom of the gardens. The lift takes one down to a dimly lit tunnel of about 150 mteres long which provides entrance to the 'beach'. The boarded platforms house a number of loungers and umbrella as well as a good sized beach bar and clean changing and toilet facilities.

I found all the staff to be friendly and helpful and whilst some may not speak or understand English bear in mind Turkey is not an English speaking country so why tourists expect eeryone to speak English.

Would I stay there again - Yes although I did not really take to the quirky concept nature of the hotel which at times seemed more to do with saving money than providing a concept

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled on business
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Additional Information about The Marmara Antalya

Address: Eski Lara Yolu No. 136 Sirinyali, Antalya 07160, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Antalya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Antalya
#27 On the Beach Hotel in Antalya
#29 Spa Hotel in Antalya
#34 Romantic Hotel in Antalya
#37 Luxury Hotel in Antalya
Price Range: $36 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Marmara Antalya 5*
Number of rooms: 238
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A dynamic, surprising, pure, extraordinary product: The Marmara Antalya. Simple lines, crazy colors, comfort, dynamism, aesthetics, leisureness, technology, flavor, broad spaces, shared spaces, quiet corners, endless scenery of the Mediterranean are all united at The Marmara Antalya. Decorated by French architect, Christian Allart and mentioned by pioneers magazines in the sector such as; ‘Marie Claire Maison’, Maison Francaise’ ‘Home Art’, ‘Cosmo Girl’, ‘Harpers Bazaar’ from its opening day, The Marmara Antalya with its unique architecture and ‘HIP design’ aims to surprise the guests by going beyond what is accustomed and offers a refreshing alternative to Antalya with its quality. The hotel also accepts pets.The only pet friendly Hotel in the city Center of Antalya... ... more   less 
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